Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary Ocean Literacy section includes K-12, Higher Education, Interpretive Services, B-WET, Community Outreach, and Education Calendar
Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary Ocean Literacy section includes K-12, Higher Education, Interpretive Services, B-WET, Community Outreach, and Education Calendar
Welcome to the Olympic Coast National Marine 
Sanctuary web site. Here you'll discover the marine life and extraordinary habitats 
that make up this sanctuary and our continuing efforts to conserve 
these ocean and coastal treasures.
Photo of children taking measurements and learning on the beach. The ocean has the power to astonish all of us with its mysteries
and vast forces. For people of all ages, a trip to the beach is a
visit to another world that exerts great pull on our curiosity.
But we also know that we affect the ocean, for better or worse.
Whether we simply want to understand the ocean more because
of that curiosity, or we want to act in ways that conserve the
ocean's resources, we all must become "ocean literate."

"Ocean Literacy" is a set of fundamental ideas, widely accepted by the ocean education community as the most important ideas each of us should understand and that should guide our actions. The seven basic principles are:

The 2011 Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary Final Management Plan makes education and outreach a critical mission for the sanctuary. We can accomplish our objectives by tailoring important ocean messages to specific audiences including K-12 students, students in colleges and universities, visitors and community members.

Photo of a teacher training a student on gathering samples from the water
Workshops improve teachers' confidence and expertise.
For K-12 students and teachers, Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary is like a textbook. The sanctuary holds lessons in science, social studies, literature and other areas of knowledge important for growing minds - and tomorrow's citizens. We support teachers by offering resources and training workshops and offering the best of NOAA science resources.


Photo of students learning how to take measurements on the beach
Hands-on projects teach science skills and motivate students to enjoy learning.
Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary is the host office for Pacific Northwest Bay-Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) Grants. Learn more about how NOAA provides funding for students and teachers for hands-on, inquiry-based outdoor learning.

Today's college and universities recognize the importance of solid preparation for students entering science, law, environmental studies, marine policy and other career tracks. Browse our Higher Education pages for information about internships and other adult education opportunities.

Visitors to the Olympic Coast have many opportunities to learn and experience the sanctuary. Browse our Visitor Information pages to find a learning adventure suited to your curiosity and favorite recreation.

photo of a community event which brings sanctuary staff and the public together
Community events bring sanctuary staff and the public together.
Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary regularly conducts Community Outreach and Education events and programs throughout the region.

For more information on Ocean Literacy Principles and how they fit with national science education standards, see: the Ocean Literacy web siteimage indicates that the link leaves this site..


 

Contact for page content: Jacqueline Laverdure


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